Artist

Alexander Averin

Thursday, 14 February 2008

A Valentine for You


Half-Life


We walk through half our life
as if it were a fever dream

barely touching the ground

our eyes half open
our heart half closed.

Not half knowing who we are
we watch the ghost of us drift
from room to room
through friends and lovers
never quite as real as advertised.

Not saying half we mean
or meaning half we say
we dream ourselves
from birth to birth
seeking some true self.

Until the fever breaks
and the heart can not abide
a moment longer
as the rest of us awakens,
summoned from the dream,
not half caring for anything but love.


Stephen Levine 1937-

6 comments:

Crystal Jigsaw said...

A very true poem. If only we could always know in advance what we would say in hindsight.

Crystal xx

Inthemud said...

I saw you'd posted this in poetry forum, it's so true.........

Elaine xx

Faith said...

Sounds like me this poem....

LittleBrownDog said...

Lovely poem, Cait. Very apt.

CAMILLA said...

A lovely poem Cait, thank you for sharing with us, so true.

Camilla.xx

Frances said...

Ah Cait, you have done it again, plucking a poem, from wherever it is that you pluck them, that just allows it words to glide down upon us, leaving us the wiser.

xo